Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
DELTA Impact CDC-RFA-CE18-1801 - Abstract
Purpose: DELTA Impact will allow Alaska to institutionalize policy/societal level approaches to preventing intimate partner violence (IPV), such as pay equity, while enhancing the safety of school environments, and facilitating the evaluation of the culturally-centered, primary prevention program for young men, Boys Run I toowú klatseen, which addresses risk and protective factors at every level of the social ecological model (SEM). Alaska has sustained a strong State Leadership Team for over twelve years, and has the experience and capacity necessary to implement a state level action plan to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors for IPV under DELTA Impact. The Alaska State Domestic Violence Coalition, ANDVSA, in alignment with Healthy Alaskans 2020, envisions equal opportunities for safety and well-being for every Alaskan, and is well positioned to achieve the long term outcome of DELTA Impact: a decrease in IPV, and a sustained prevention infrastructure in Alaska.
Stakeholders in Alaska have an increased understanding of how a public health approach can be used to impact IPV, and have consistently integrated the social determinants of health and equity into prevention. Alaska’s approaches have always included a strong evaluation component. Under DELTA Impact, ANDVSA will strengthen protective environments, engage influential adults and peers and strengthen economic supports for families using three primary prevention programs/policy efforts implemented at the outer layers of the SEM. Shifting Boundaries is an evidenced-based program for middle school students, providing a classroom level intervention, a building level intervention, and a community level intervention to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors for teen dating violence, sexual harassment and bullying. Boys Run I toowú klatseen is a promising practice program, grounded in Southeast Alaska Native cultural values, which engages men and boys as allies in prevention. Under DELTA Impact, this after school program for 3rd-5th grade boys will expand to include a social norms campaign to further impact the community and societal levels of the SEM. Lastly, ANDVSA will implement a Pay Equity policy effort to affect change of comparable worth policies, based on the recognition that income inequity is a risk factor for IPV. The pay equity effort includes a grassroots education and organizing campaign which will engage businesses in changing their equal pay practices – over 100 business have already signed on as of 2018 – while also building momentum for a statewide policy solution so income equity can be a long term, sustainable change in Alaska.
As a long-term impact, Alaska’s DELTA Impact project will decrease rates in IPV via a decrease in risk factors and increase in protective factors for IPV. Short-term and intermediate outcomes will include increased coordination across Alaska’s IPV primary prevention community, increased use of data for planning and monitoring of IPV prevention, increased use of IPV prevention approaches that address risk and protective factors at the community and societal levels of change, and increased data on the impact of community and societal level IPV prevention.
In close coordination with two Coordinated Community Response Teams (CCRs), one in rural Sitka, and one in urban Juneau, and the Pathways to Prevention Statewide Leadership Team, ANDVSA will implement the two described programs and one policy effort, guided by a state action plan. DELTA Impact will allow ANDVSA to work collaboratively with other state and national entities to share knowledge and learning in order to build the evidence base for primary prevention programs at the community and societal level. Alaska’s DELTA Impact project is well positioned to create long term, sustainable change in a state that ranks third in the nation for rates of IPV.